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JEWELRY THROUGH THE
14K White Gold Diamond Pin Pendant
AT LONG’S JEWELERS, OUR ESTATE COLLECTION IS FULL OF UNIQUE AND CLASSIC JEWELRY THAT REFLECTS VARIOUS TIME PERIODS. EVERY PIECE THAT COMES THROUGH OUR STORE IS CAREFULLY EXAMINED TO DETERMINE THE QUALITY, CONDITION, AND AUTHENTICITY BY OUR EXPERTS. WE SAT DOWN WITH JULIE FROM OUR VINTAGE & ESTATE DEPARTMENT TO ANSWER SOME ESTATE JEWELRY QUESTIONS!
Art Deco Platinum and Diamond Swan Pin
Why might someone be interested or should consider an estate jewelry piece? Many estate pieces are one-of-a-kind. Jewelry is not made now the same as it once was, even if you go back 20 or 30 years. Collectors want a heavier piece of gold, or they want something that speaks to them. Some of this translates so beautifully into today. It’s vintage, but you can wear it with new pieces! How might someone incorporate estate jewelry into their jewelry box with their newer pieces? I always say to buy what you love and consider how you canwork it into your current collection. Some of our pieces are works of art that can be worn alone or can be styled with your current favorites. For example, you can stack an estate bracelet with a more modern bracelet or layer it with several other pieces.
How should you care for an estate piece of jewelry? If you have estate jewelry, a gentle cleaning at home is fine. It’s basically the same rules as current jewelry. If you need a repair on an estate piece, you want to keep it original. You want to make sure that you’re not altering it too much to take away from the value. EDWARDIAN ERA The Edwardian era got its name from the English King, Edward the 7th. This period of jewelry is luxurious and innovative. It’s also the last jewelry period to be defined by a British monarch, so these pieces hold a lot of history. Jewelry from this era was made between 1901- 1915, at the height of society’s elegance and sophistication. During these years, women “dressed to the nines,” so their jewels had to match.
“A lot of these pieces are very flowy, curvacious, use a lot of platinum and also have old European-cut diamonds in them. You’ll also see a lot of pieces with ribbon garland designs from this time period.” At Long’s, you’ll find an array of stunning pieces from the Edwardian period! We have a gorgeous pair of yellow gold and diamond drop earrings that are perfect for a special anniversary gift. Want something that symbolizes grace and beauty? Then you’ll love this diamond and sapphire swan brooch, or a diamond and platinum cross necklace that perfectly reflects your faith. Finally, a diamond platinum and 18k gold pin will easily complement your special occasion with simplicity and sophistication.
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